Friday, May 18, 2012
Gina Saputo live @ Steamers, tonight!
Gina Saputo @ Steamers Jazz Club
138 W. Commonwealth Blvd.
Ph: (714) 871-8800
Gina will be singing fresh arrangements of yesterday and today's top 40 hits...you've never heard them like this before. Including Adelle's "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You", Sia's "Soon We'll Be Found", Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love", Regina Spektor's "Consequence of Sounds", Pink Floyd's "Money", Colby Callait's "Fallin For You", Christina Perry's "Jar of Hearts", Fiona Apple's "Criminal", Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" and many of Gina's originals.
Jazz vocalist Gina Saputo returns to Steamers this FRI night. The Eugene, Oregon-born singer began her musical training at the age of seven in the prestigious Oregon Children's Choir. She has been recognized in Oregon's All State Choir, the All Northwest Choir, USC's Concert and University chorus, and the world famous Oregon Bach Festival Youth Academy Choir. Gina was introduced to jazz by her father and quickly developed a passion for the genre. She was, and still is, hooked on the vocals of Carmen McRae, Ernestine Anderson, Lena Horne and Ella Fitzgerald.
Gina started her professional jazz career at 16, fronting her own group, the Gina Saputo Jazz Quartet. This group played numerous gigs in Eugene's top jazz clubs and restaurants. She has been featured with Mike Denny and the University of Oregon Music Faculty All Stars, the SHS big band, the James Tarpinian trio, Group Therapy, with Shelly Berg and Frank Potenza, and the Chris Wong trio. Gina relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies.
She has also sung backup vocals for Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Neenna Freelon, Bonnie Raitt, Phil Driscoll and Louie Bellson. Her first CD, "Gina Saputo" was recorded with vocal sessions produced by Grammy award nominated vocalist Tierney Sutton, who said, "Gina has the talent as well as the passion to stretch and think outside the box." Featuring Grammy nominated pianist Gerald Clayton. After two successful tours of Japan, her CD has climbed to #3 on the prestigious Swing Journal charts, and has received rave reviews. She was a guest professor at Gwangju University in South Korea, and toured Japan a second time with Grammy nominated pianist Bill Cunliffe. Come share an evening of excessive music loving!
"One of our favorite vocalists in the contemporary jazz scene, LA-based young diva Gina Saputo...she likes to sing in Portuguese, scatting and phrasing in a very creative way, sometimes sounds like the missing link between Carmen, Basia (check his own groovy "Explain," on which she also emulates Billie), Flora and Tierney. Not to be missed." - Arnaldo DeSouteiro, Jazz Station
"Gina Saputo. In a crowded field of young female jazz singers, Saputo’s soaring vocals and rhythmic lift suggest that she’s ready to step up from the pack." - Don Heckman, LA Times & The International Review of Music